Alimony and Spousal Support

Alimony and Spousal Support

While the terms alimony and spousal maintenance are often used interchangeably, they are very different things under Texas law. They both achieve the same goal during a divorce, however. They both allow one spouse to receive financial support from the other.

Renken Law Firm understands the distinction between alimony and spousal maintenance. Our understanding of the difference between these two means of financial support allows us to pursue an outcome that best meets your needs.



Alimony is contractual in nature. The court does not have authority over alimony in Texas. Typically, it is limited to a period of time.

This type of financial support is most often used to correct an imbalance in the earning powers of two people going through a divorce. Our lawyers will talk to you about whether alimony may play a role in your divorce case.

Since alimony is contractual in Texas, it cannot be modified by the court.



Spousal support is ordered by the court, not contractual.  The Texas Family Code dictates when and for how long spousal support can be awarded.  Because it’s court-ordered, spousal maintenance may be modified by court order. If there is a significant change in life circumstances, such as remarriage, a new job, a large raise and more, the side paying spousal support may seek a modification,



If alimony contract is not being paid or the spousal maintenance orders are not being followed, we can help. We can stand by your side to see that all agreements are being followed properly.

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